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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- UTAH 26 15 23 23 87 CHICAGO 26 22 11 20 79 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: UTH - KARL MALONE 31, JOHN STOCKTON 19, BRYON RUSSELL 9 CHI - ELTON BRAND 26, CHRIS CARR 14, HERSEY HAWKINS 12

HIGH REBOUND: UTH - KARL MALONE 13, GREG OSTERTAG 10 CHI - ELTON BRAND 12, WILL PERDUE 9

HIGH ASSISTS: UTH - JOHN STOCKTON 9, JEFF HORNACEK 5 CHI - RANDY BROWN 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4

ATT: 22,207


Extended Box

UTAH (87) AT CHICAGO (79)

UTAH REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

MALONE F 39 12-24 7-11 3 10 13 3 2 3 3 31 RUSSELL F 37 2-8 4-8 1 4 5 2 4 1 0 9 POLYNICE C 17 1-3 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 0 1 2 HORNACEK G 25 2-9 4-4 1 1 2 5 2 1 1 8 STOCKTON G 37 5-11 8-9 0 0 0 9 3 6 2 19 OSTERTAG 28 1-5 0-0 4 6 10 0 4 1 1 2 EISLEY 24 2-8 1-1 1 1 2 1 3 0 2 6 LEWIS 10 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 2 1 0 GILLIAM 12 1-5 2-2 1 6 7 1 4 0 1 4 VAUGHN 10 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 6 KEEFE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PADGETT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 28-80 26-35 13 30 43 24 30 15 12 87 (.350) (.743) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 12(7 PTS)

CHICAGO REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BRAND F 41 9-16 8-9 2 10 12 2 5 1 8 26 HOIBERG F 37 2-10 2-2 1 1 2 4 3 2 1 7 SIMPKINS C 25 0-1 0-0 2 5 7 4 5 0 3 0 BROWN G 38 3-12 2-4 0 6 6 5 5 0 3 8 HAWKINS G 31 4-8 3-3 0 1 1 3 3 3 3 12 CARR 26 4-12 6-6 2 3 5 0 4 0 4 14 MALONEY 12 1-1 2-2 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 4 PERDUE 24 2-3 4-7 2 7 9 1 4 0 2 8 RUFFIN 6 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 ANSTEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION C BENJAMIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION STARKS DNP - KNEE TENDINITIS

TOTALS 240 25-64 27-33 10 35 45 21 31 7 24 79 (.391) (.818) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 24(29 PTS)

UTAH 26 15 23 23 - 87 CHICAGO 26 22 11 20 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: UTAH - OSTERTAG 3, POLYNICE, MALONE. CHICAGO - BRAND 4, PERDUE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: UTAH 5-13 (.385), RUSSELL 1-3, HORNACEK 0-2, STOCKTON 1-2, EISLEY 1-3, LEWIS 0-1, VAUGHN 2-2. CHICAGO 2-8 (.250), HOIBERG 1-4, HAWKINS 1-2, CARR 0-2. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - HEAD COACH FLOYD, ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: ED F RUSH, MARK WUNDERLICH, KEVIN FEHR. A - 22,207. T - 2:21.


Box Score

UTAH (87) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Malone 39 12-24 7-11 3-13 3 2 31 Russell 37 2-8 4-8 1-5 2 4 9 Polynice 17 1-3 0-0 2-3 0 4 2 Hornacek 25 2-9 4-4 1-2 5 2 8 Stockton 37 5-11 8-9 0-0 9 3 19 Ostertag 28 1-5 0-0 4-10 0 4 2 Eisley 24 2-8 1-1 1-2 1 3 6 Lewis 10 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Gilliam 12 1-5 2-2 1-7 1 4 4 Vaughn 10 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 6 Keefe 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Padgett DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-80 26-35 13-43 24 30 87 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.350, FT-.743. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (Russell 1-3, Hornacek 0-2, Stockton 1-2, Eisley 1-3, Lewis 0-1, Vaughn 2-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 5 (Ostertag 3, Polynice, Malone). Turnovers: 12 (Malone 3, Eisley 2, Stockton 2, Gilliam, Hornacek, Lewis, Ostertag, Polynice). Steals: 15 (Stockton 6, Malone 3, Lewis 2, Hornacek, Ostertag, Russell, Vaughn).

CHICAGO (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brand 41 9-16 8-9 2-12 2 5 26 Hoiberg 37 2-10 2-2 1-2 4 3 7 Simpkins 25 0-1 0-0 2-7 4 5 0 Brown 38 3-12 2-4 0-6 5 5 8 Hawkins 31 4-8 3-3 0-1 3 3 12 Carr 26 4-12 6-6 2-5 0 4 14 Maloney 12 1-1 2-2 0-2 2 1 4 Perdue 24 2-3 4-7 2-9 1 4 8 Ruffin 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Anstey DNP - coach's decision C Benjamin DNP - coach's decision Starks DNP - knee tendinitis _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 25-64 27-33 10-45 21 31 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.391, FT-.818. 3-Point Goals: 2-8, .250 (Hoiberg 1-4, Hawkins 1-2, Carr 0-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Brand 4, Perdue 2). Turnovers: 24 (Brand 8, Carr 4, Brown 3, Hawkins 3, Simpkins 3, Perdue 2, Hoiberg). Steals: 7 (Hawkins 3, Hoiberg 2, Brand, Maloney). ____________________________________________ Utah 26 15 23 23 - 87 Chicago 26 22 11 20 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 2 (Head Coach Floyd, 1:34 3rd; Illegal Defense, 6:50 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,207. T: 2:21. Officials: Ed F Rush, Mark Wunderlich, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Karl Malone had 31 points and 13 rebounds and sparked a decisive third-quarter run as the Utah Jazz posted their eighth straight victory, an 87-79 triumph over the Chicago Bulls.

The Jazz came out sluggish and trailed 55-48 midway through the third quarter, but Malone turned a short hook shot into a three-point play that sparked a 16-2 run. Malone had seven points in the run that put the Jazz ahead for good.

John Stockton had 19 points and nine assists for the Jazz, who won despite shooting 35 percent (28-of-80). Utah did hold the Bulls to 39 percent shooting (25-of-64), recorded 15 steals and took advantage of 24 turnovers.

"In the second half we took it to them and got to the line," Malone said. "They did whatever they wanted to in the first half. We challenged them and put up some resistance."

"The reason we're winning some of our games now is that we're playing better defensively than earlier this year. That always gives us a chance to win," Stockton said.

Rookie of the Year favorite Elton Brand had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago, which has dropped 10 of 11.

"We had a turnover problem, especially in the post and with offensive fouls," Chicago coach Tim Floyd said. "Those hurt you. It takes the ball out of your hands when you need offensive opportunities."

After Malone's three-point play shaved the Jazz's deficit to 55-51, he and Brand exchanged jumpers. Bryon Russell had a free throw with 4:42 remaining and Malone buried a 13-footer six seconds later.

Stockton gave the Jazz the lead for good with two free throws with 3:29 left and followed with a 3-pointer and free throw 12 seconds apart before Armen Gilliam sank a pair from the line for a 64-57 edge with 21 seconds to go.

Malone and Stockton had 10 points apiece in the quarter.

"You can't expect guys 37-plus-years-old to step up and carry you every night," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "The younger guys have to step up and if they don't, they may not ever grow. Everyone has to play hard and with more intelligence.

"It's nice to see Stockton and Malone still playing as they are. They've slipped a notch, but it's nice to see someone not to have to jump over the top of someone and have everyone talk about athletic ability."

The Bulls got to within 64-61 in the first minute of the fourth, but Jacque Vaughn sank a 3-pointer. Chicago was unable to get it to a one possession game thereafter and trailed by as many as 10 down the stretch.

"It's amazing how he does it night in and night out," Brand said of Malone. "It was a challenge playing against him. He is 36 or 37 and still beating me down the court."

The lead seesawed over the opening 12 minutes and was tied at 26-26 entering the second. Brand had 12 points in the opening quarter as Chicago shot 11-of-21.

The Bulls opened the second period with six straight points but led just 42-40 with 2:11 to go. Brand took over at that point, recording four free throws and three rebounds as Chicago took a 48-41 lead into the half.

Brand was 5-of-8 from the field with seven rebounds in the half.

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